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Jurrie Koolhof

Jurrie Koolhof

Jurrie Koolhof in 1983
Personal information
Full name Jurjen Jacob Koolhof
Date of birth (1960-01-10) 10 January 1960
Place of birth Beerta, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Manager
(former striker)
Youth career
1977–1978 SC Veendam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1979 BV Veendam 61 (26)
1980–1982 Vitesse 51 (31)
1982–1987 PSV Eindhoven 106 (69)
1987–1988 FC Groningen 20 (10)
1988–1990 Vitesse 65 (15)
1990–1993 De Graafschap 85 (32)
1993–1994 BV Veendam 28 (7)
National team
1982–1983 Netherlands 5 (0)
Teams managed
2000–2002 De Graafschap
2002–2003 FC Emmen (as assistant manager)
2003–2005 AGOVV Apeldoorn
2005–2006 FC Dordrecht
2006–2007 MVV Maastricht
2007–2008 SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden
2011–2012 Persijap Jepara
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jurjen Jacob (Jurrie) Koolhof (born 10 January 1960 in Beerta, Groningen)[1] is a former Dutch international football striker and manager.

As a player, Koolhof had a long and productive career, with 190 league goals. He played for a number of clubs in the Netherlands including Vitesse Arnhem, F.C. Groningen and PSV Eindhoven. For the latter he scored a total of 69 goals in 106 appearances and formed a great tandem with Norway's Hallvar Thoresen in the mid-1980s.

Koolhof is the father of De Graafschap player Dean Koolhof.


  • Club career 1
  • National team career 2
  • Coaching career 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Statistics 5
    • Player 5.1
    • Manager 5.2
  • Honours 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Club career

He began his career at the local pride BV Veendam, breaking into the first-team squad in 1978. He began scoring prolifically in the late 1980s, attracting a lot of attention. He was transferred to Vitesse in the new decade. In his second season in Arnhem he managed to score 19 goals in 16 appearances, an exceptional average of 1.2 goals per match. During the 1981/1982 transfer window he signed a contract at PSV Eindhoven, his first Eredivisie club.

His first years in the lichtstad (city of light) have been very successful. He adapted quickly to higher level and in two and a half years he missed only a few matches. Then, in 1984 he suffered a terrible injury. He was out for two full years. In season 1986/1987 he returned to the pitch but he never fully recovered. He played professional football for another seven years, mainly in the Eerste Divisie. After FC Groningen, again Vitesse and De Graafschap he ended his career where it had once started: BV Veendam.

National team career

He first played for the Netherlands on 14 August 1982 against Greece. After 46 minutes of football he replaced Piet Wildschut. At the time there weren't any goals scored, but a goal by Edo Ophof in 54th minute would cause Oranje to win the game.

He was capped only 5 times, scoring zero goals. As a result he did not enjoy a long international career: he played his last international match on 16 February 1983, just over 9 months later (in the Euro 84 qualifier against Spain, 1–0 loss).[2]

Coaching career

After he quit playing Doetinchem became his new domicile. He acted alternately as head of the youth academy and manager of De Graafschap from 1994 to 2002. He was Hennie Spijkerman's assistant for one season at FC Emmen. In the following years he was employed at AGOVV Apeldoorn, FC Dordrecht and MVV as manager. Koolhof was fired from his job on 19 February 2007 due to disappointing results, strikingly on the same day Cambuur Leeuwarden let go their trainer Roy Wesseling. On 15 March the 47-year-old Koolhof signed a two-year contract at SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden taking effect 1 July 2007. Gerrie Schouwenaar, who acted as interim manager, departed for Qatar. His spot was taken by Alfons Arts, who became Koolhof's assistant manager as well as a youth trainer.[3][4][5] In his first year his team surprised everyone by defeating AZ Alkmaar in the Cup (1–0).[6] After a few matches in the 2008–2009 season, Koolhof was sacked following a poor start to the season.

Personal life

Jurrie Koolhof is married to Monique and has two sons, Wesley (born 1989) and Dean (born 1994). He still lives in Beerta, where he was born.[7]



Season Club Matches Goals League
1978/79 BV Veendam 33 9 Eerste Divisie
1979/80 28 17 Eerste Divisie
1980/81 Vitesse 35 12 Eerste Divisie
1981/82 16 19 Eerste Divisie
PSV 13 7 Eredivisie
1982/83 33 22 Eredivisie
1983/84 31 23 Eredivisie
1984/85 0 0 Eredivisie
1985/86 0 0 Eredivisie
1986/87 29 17 Eredivisie
1987/88 FC Groningen 20 10 Eredivisie
1988/89 Vitesse 32 13 Eerste Divisie
1989/90 33 2 Eredivisie
1990/91 De Graafschap 37 20 Eerste Divisie
1991/92 31 9 Eredivisie
1992/93 17 3 Eerste Divisie
1993/94 BV Veendam 28 7 Eerste Divisie
Total 416 190
190 90 Eredivisie
226 100 Eerste Divisie


Period Club Function League
1994–1995 De Graafschap Head youth academy Eerste Divisie
1995–1999 Head youth academy Eredivisie
1999–2000 Assistant manager Eredivisie
2000 Interim manager Eredivisie
2000–2001 Head youth academy Eredivisie
2001–2002 Manager Eredivisie
2002–2003 FC Emmen Assistant manager Eerste Divisie
2003–2005 AGOVV Manager Eerste Divisie
2005–2006 FC Dordrecht Manager Eerste Divisie
2006–2007 MVV Manager Eerste Divisie
2007–2008 Cambuur Leeuwarden Manager Eerste Divisie


With PSV

With Vitesse

With De Graafschap

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Cv Jurrie Koolhof" (in Dutch). Beijen. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Jurrie Koolhof" (in Dutch). Ronald Zwiers. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  3. ^ Dekkers, Maarten (9 July 2007). "Alfons Arts nieuwe assistent Jurrie Koolhof" (in Dutch). Elf voetbal. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  4. ^ de Jong, Rob (16 March 2007). "Keuze komt als verrassing: Koolhof moet Cambuur naar succes leiden" (in Dutch). Friesch Dagblad. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  5. ^ "Koolhof nije trainer Cambuur" (in Frisian). Omrop Fryslân. 15 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  6. ^ "Cambuur wint fan AZ" (in Frisian). Omrop Fryslân. 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  7. ^ "JURRIE KOOLHOF" (in Dutch). FC Dordrecht. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 

External links

  • Video of Koolhof's most famous attempt on goal on YouTube
  • (Dutch) 2006 Interview on the official MVV Maastricht website
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